The Squadron regrets to inform the members of the sudden passing of one of our Charter Members, Alan Lane.
Al was born in Halifax Nova Scotia and was educated in Mechanical Engineering at Dalhousie University. He came to work at AECL at Chalk River as a Summer Student in 1958 and then returned as a full time employee from 1959 to 1997 when he retired. During the course of his career with AECL he worked at the AECL, Whiteshell site from 1969 to 1981 in the Fuel Development Branch. He returned to Chalk River in 1981 as Head of the Fuel Materials Branch until 1988 when he became Head of the Thermal Hydraulics Branch until his retirement in 1997. Al was best known as a fuel specialist at AECL and to those in the Nuclear Industry is fondly known as “The Father of CANFLEX Fuel”.
Al was always an avid sailor, but he did not spend all of his time sailing. While at Whiteshell Al sailed many hours on Lake of the Woods, but when he came back to Chalk River he found there was no Marina to keep his boat in so he became an active member working on getting the Deep River Marina created. Al worked many hours as the prime contact with the Federal Government in getting the Marina completed. His boat, an O’Day 25 called the “Mrs B” from that day on was well known around the marina.
Al’s sailing was not limited to the areas where he worked. His family had a cottage in Prince Edward Island that he and his family visited every summer for ocean sailing. When Al returned to Chalk River in 1981 he also became a Charter Member in the newly formed Oiseau Rock Squadron.
Al was always an active supporter of the Squadron and served as the Executive Officer in 2002 and 2003.